Dear Friends of the Bureau,
The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division proudly presents our upcoming events for the next three weeks. Please click on the dates below for more information about the readers/performers and the events.
Thursday, May 23, 7 PM
Launch party for We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Mad Libs!
Mad Libs has gone Adult, and in the process it’s also gone a teensy bit queer. Come celebrate the launch of the new Adult Mad Libs title, We’re Here We’re Queer We’re Mad Libs, authored by blogger, queer activist and performance artist, Karl Marks. Joining Marks on stage for the reading from this newest (and gayest) Adult Mad Libs will be some of his favorite queer writers, friends and comedians, including Mike Albo, Ashlie Atkinson, Ha Dangerfield, Ingrid Jungermann, Evan Ross Katz, Colby Keller, Justin Sayre, and Bob Smith.
Marks’ writing on gay stuff can be found on Big Shoe Diaries, www.iseepenis.com
Book as Exhibition: A Public Conversation
Are you an artist, designer, writer, creative type?
Do you make zines, posters, books, broadsides, and/or stickers of your work?
Are you curious and interested in how a book or a publication can be, or can replace, an exhibition?
Join the team behind the book At the Same Time, as well as Claire Fleury of Strange Loop Gallery, the Bureau’s host, for a public discussion around the BOOK AS EXHIBITION. It will be a loose and informal talk with refreshments, friends and sharing.
Bring your work, your thoughts and the future with you.
At the Same Time is a self-published photography book by six artists:Steven Beckly and Dylan MacNeil, Ted Kerr and Zachary Ayotte, andColin Quinn and Oisín Share. Drawing and expanding on a variety of photographic traditions, the collaboration explores the nature and development of their romantic relationships from three different parts of the world. Private exchanges emerging from domestic, romantic, and sexual dimensions of their relationships are openly explored, uncovering a collection of personal narratives and intimate realities.
Edition of 500
Unsigned and Numbered
Available at the Bureau
Wednesday, May 29, 7-8:30
Queer Lives in Print
Author and educator Hal W. Lanse, PhD (The Rainbow Curriculum) continues his popular series of writing workshops. Whether you want to publish professionally or just write and share your work with a small community of friends, this group is for you. Dr. Hal will provide writing prompts that will jolt your imagination and inspire written pieces about your rich set of personal experiences. For those of you who are interested, Dr. Hal is looking for new and undiscovered authors for his imprint Queer Street Books, Inc. But you need not have professional aspirations to join the group. Bring a writing instrument (pen and notebook, laptop, whatever).
Suggested donation: $10 – but come even if you can’t pay. There will be a discrete box at the front of the shop for those who can afford to donate. Proceeds are divided between the teacher and BGSQD.
Thursday, May 30, 7 PM
Chris Rawlins presents his new book Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction
Saturday, June 1, 7 PM
Lambda Literary Award finalists read at the Bureau
- Ryka Aoki (Seasonal Velocities, Transgender Nonfiction, and contributor to The Collection: Short Fiction From The Transgender Vanguard, Transgender Fiction);
- Tom Cardamone (Green Thumb, LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror);
- Red Durkin (contributor to The Collection);
- Adam Halwitz (contributor to The Collection);
- Stephen S. Mills (He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices, Gay Poetry);
- Casey Plett (contributor to The Collection);
- Carter Sickels (The Evening Hour, LGBT Debut Fiction, and contributor to The Collection);
- Rae Spoon (First Spring Grass Fire, Transgender Fiction);
- William Sterling Walker (Desire: Tales of New Orleans, LGBT Debut Fiction);
- Barry Webster (The Lava in My Bones, Gay General Fiction).
Sunday, June 2nd, 6:30
The Bureau will be on-hand to sell books at Bi Lines VI: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing & Bisexual Book Awards
6:30 Book Signings
7 Bi Lines Program & Awards
9:30 Book Signings
10 After Party
Bisexual book authors of 2012 read from their works.
Inaugural Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony: winners are announced!
Plus live music, tattoo photography & after-party!
Host: Sheela Lambert, Founder Bi Writers Association
Annette Lapointe, Whitetail Shooting Gallery
Basil Papademos, Mount Royal: There’s Nothing Harder than Love
Donnelle McGee, Shine
Ellen Kushner, Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction
Erynn Rowan Laurie, Fireflies at Absolute Zero
James Earl Hardy (B Boy Blues Series), Can You Feel What I’m Saying?
Janet Hardy (The Ethical Slut), Girlfag: A Life in Sex and Musicals
Kelli Dunham, My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B
Vincent Meiss, Tio Jorge
Art: Efrain Gonzalez, Ink & Steel: slideshow of his tattoo & piercing photography
Musicians: Rorie Kelly, Ben Silver
Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd St. between Aves. B-C 10009
Questions? email@example.com or 917-583-1797 www.biwriters.org
Sunday, June 2 is also the last day to view What’s for Breakfast?, an exhibition of photographs by Ace Morgan, curated by Claire Fleury and Alesia Exum, Strange Loop Gallery.
Read Ace’s interview with Jaime Lowe on the website of Daylight: The Gritty, Beautiful World of Ace Morgan
Comic Artists Annie Mok and Brendan Leach share their work and engage in a short conversation moderated by Brad Pearson of Brokelyn & Terrorvision
Thursday, June 6, 6 to 9 PM
Opening reception for exhibition of photographs by Goodyn Green, presented by Strange Loop Gallery and the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division: Curated by Claire Fleury and Alesia Exum, Strange Loop Gallery. The exhibition will run through June 30th.
Friday, June 7, 7 PM
Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs Presents Ivy Johnson and Sara Jane Stoner
Sunday, June 9, 3 PM
Bold Strokes Books authors Joel Gomez-Dossi, Jane Hoppen, Daniel W. Kelly, Jeremy Jordon King, Nora Olsen, Andrew J. Peters, and Nell Stark read at the Bureau.
Greg & Donnie
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Hosted by Strange Loop Gallery
27 Orchard St. between Canal and Hester
NY, NY 10002
The Bureau is featured in New York Magazine’s Best of New York 2013 issue, Time Out New York’s 50 Reasons Why NYC Is the Greatest City in the World issue, and in Time Out New York’s 100 Best Shops in New York City issue.
Cottonmouth, a performance by Ricci Ryder and his enfants terribles
Tonight at the Bureau! 8 PM
If you have yet to watch the trailer, the Bureau highly recommends that you do so now.
a large, dangerous semiaquatic pit viper/
when threatening, it opens its mouth wide/
to display the white interior.
dryness in the mouth/
which may be associated with a change/
or have no identifiable cause.
Writer and home wrecker RICCI RYDER will, with his company of enfants terribles, wrestle COTTONMOUTH, a poison fanged performance about high school hell.
HOSTED BY STRANGE LOOP GALLERY
DONNIE JOCHUM 646-526-7199
GREG NEWTON 646-457-0859
The Bureau is featured in New York Magazine’s “Best of New York 2013” issue, in Time Out New York’s ”50 Reasons Why NYC Is the Greatest City in the World” issue, and in Time Out New York’s “100 Best Shops in New York City” issue.